publication date: Feb. 20, 2015

Fix MD Anderson’s Woes, Faculty Urges UT System

The Faculty Senate of MD Anderson Cancer Center asked UT System officials and the Board of Regents to “provide guidance” to the administration of the Houston-based center “in establishing milestones and timelines to implement measures to improve the morale of the faculty and the general health of the Institution.”

The resolution, which was distributed to faculty Feb. 16, reveals that the faculty’s dissatisfaction with MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho continues even after top UT System officials put him on notice to improve the faculty’s morale (The Cancer Letter, Nov. 7, 2014).

The document asks the UT System to step in, but stops short of expressing a lack of confidence and doesn’t seek removal of DePinho, who took the top job at the cancer center on Sept. 1, 2011.

“We were surprised to learn of the Faculty Senate’s resolution of Nov. 20, 2014, since goals have been established and milestones reached in response to faculty concerns,” a group of top administrators responded in a joint statement.

UT System officials said they are working with all sides.

“We are continuing to work closely with both the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate and the executive leadership team of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center to foster a spirit of cooperative engagement,” Ray Greenberg, the UT System executive vice chancellor for health affairs, said in a statement. “We are pleased that both groups are committed to working together in a collegial and constructive manner.”

The resolution was passed unanimously by the 154 members of the MD … Continue reading 41-07 Fix MD Anderson’s Woes, Faculty Urges UT System

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